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Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters, Oregon has its first canned seasonal beer for 2019 out: Eureka Single Hop IPA. It’s the first of four Seasonal Can Series releases for the year and will be available through March.
Here’s the text of the press release:
Three Creeks Brewing Company is proud to release Eureka Single Hop IPA. Eureka is the first seasonal can of 2019 for Three Creeks Brewing Company.
Eureka started as an experimental hop from our friends at Hopsteiner in Washington. We played with this beer as a single hop IPA to truly get a sense of what the Eureka hop was like by itself. The result? An instant favorite! Our friends at our brewpub love when this beer comes on draft, so we decided to make it more easily accessible and packaged it in 6 pack cans!
About the beer
ABV: 6.7% IBU: 60
This simple malt profile of Canadian 2-row, Munich and a just a bit of Crystal malt allows the five separate hop additions of Eureka! to engulf your senses. Recently developed as an experimental hop by Hopsteiner Farms, Eureka! is complex, including resinous pine and fruity notes – which range from tropical citrus to dank stonefruit. Eureka! is truly a star as a single-hop IPA. A great variety for the “classic hophead.” Strike gold with Eureka!
Three Creeks Brewing Company was founded in 2008 in the Central Oregon mountain town of Sisters. We craft award winning ales and lagers with intention. Three Creeks Brewing Company operates a family friendly 10 bbl brewpub and 30 bbl production facility. Our cans, bottles and draft beer can be found throughout Oregon, Washington and Southwest Idaho.
The other beers in the series will be Mexican Lager (April–June), Stonefly Rye Session Ale (July–September), and Warfighter Pale Ale (October–December).
Happy Monday! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for this Monday the 21st, highlighting some of the big events this week and more. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post with news as I find it, so check back in throughout the day.
It’s not beer itself, but beer-related: Newport’s Rogue Ales is introducing Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, a specialty whiskey that is aged in new charred barrels and then barrels that aged Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. Rogue also grows the malt and makes the barrels at its own cooperage, so this is entirely an in-house endeavor that sounds worth seeking out. “Opening with subtle aromas of smoke and sea air, Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey has notes of dark cocoa, toffee and dried fruit and a coffee and grain finish.” It and the 2019 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout should be available now.
This upcoming weekend is chock full of beer festivals—I count at least seven taking place, including:
Don’t forget Portland’s Hawthorne Hophouse has its Oregon IPA Challenge going on this month, featuring a blind tasting of 12 Oregon IPA’s that you get to guess and vote on. If you guess correctly you’ll win prizes, and the winning favorite IPA will be on tap all year long.
Bend Brewing Company‘s latest beer release is Trade War Export Stout, which is the first canned beer release for 2019. Trade War joins the brewery’s other canned offerings which includes Tropic Pines Juicy IPA, Camp Beer, and Sno’d In Winter Ale.
The brewery is holding a release party on Friday, January 25, and plans to pair three special variants of the stout with cookies. Here is the press release sent to me by head brewer Zach Beckwith:
Bend Brewing Company is proud to announce our first 16 oz can release of 2019, Trade War Export Stout. Trade War Export Stout is a 7.5% ABV foreign style stout brewed with a blend of Golden Promise and Canadian 2-row, 6 different specialty malts and flaked barley. 16 oz cans will be released at our downtown Bend brewpub Friday January 25 with a special release party featuring 3 special Trade War variants (Coconut, Cherry Chocolate, and Cardamom Vanilla) created for the party and paired with cookies from Too Sweet Cakes. Each Trade War Export Stout pint purchase comes with a free honey vanilla chocolate cookie. The party runs from 4-9 PM with live music from Toast and Jam kicking off at 6:30 pm. Trade War Export Stout cans will be available through our distributor partners, Running Man Distributors and Bigfoot Beverage.
Trade War Export Stout is the first of many BBC beers coming to cans for the first time in 2019. In March, our groundbreaking pomegranate and hibiscus sour ale, Ching Ching, will join Tropic Pines IPA in our year round can lineup. March will also see the can debut of Devil’s Cabbage Dank IPA as the first release in our High Desert Hop Series.
The cookie pairing is a fun idea, and here are the planned pairings:
Trade War Stout with Cherry & Chocolate Cookie: Almond & Cherry
Trade War Stout with Cardamon & Vanilla Cookie: Brown Sugar & Cardamon
Trade War Stout with Coconut Cookie: Coconut & Toffee
These variants will only be available at the brewpub but watch for the cans of Trade War to his the shelves soon.
Deschutes Brewery is joining the low-carb, light lager market with its latest year-round canned beer: Da Shootz! The beer has been available on draft for a short while already and cans are hitting the market; on Friday I received two from the brewery.
Think “lifestyle lager” along the lines of the Michelob Ultra market. This 4% ABV pilsner is notably listed with 99 calories and 5.5 carbs, the first time I believe I’ve seen Deschutes list “carbs” with a beer. (Calories have long been listed with many of their core beers; Mirror Pond Pale Ale has 170 calories per 12 ounces, for instance.) Here’s a pull from the press sheet that came with the cans:
Da Shootz! is a clean, light bodied, contemporary American Pilsner with only 99 calories and 5.5 carbs. This bubbly and refreshing lifestyle beer is distinct in its high-quality flavor profile; lightly toasted from single origin Synergy Select Pilsen malt with notes of citrus and tropical from carefully selected American hop varieties including Lemondrop and Azacca.
Da Shootz! plays on the many mispronunciations of the brewery’s name over the last thirty years. Its low key, laid back nature, Da Shootz! loosely represents, “it’s good” in Hawaiian. The packaging is a colorful blast and although appears tropical, all flora and fauna represented are native to Deschutes’ home state of Oregon.
I have to be honest: I don’t really like the design very much. It’s a break from the brewery’s packaging brand and nothing about it says “light lager” to me; instead I think “tropical fruit punch.” It’s a baffling choice.
I’ve already tried the beer itself, and I think it’s quite good, in fact. So there’s a cognitive dissonance for me with these cans.
It’s finally Friday, and it’s a festive beer weekend! Here’s the news in Oregon beer to help you plan out your weekend and keep you up to date for this weekend of the 18th through 20th. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post with the latest news throughout the day on Friday, so keep checking back in for the updates.
Friday, Jan. 18
Buoy Beer (Astoria) is on the road this Friday with its Foeder Series Bottle Release of Brett Saison (in several variations), with a Portland release event taking place at Belmont Station and a Corvallis release event taking place at Corvallis Brewing Supply. “Buoy Beer Company will release their first Foeder beer this January 2019. Brett Saison is a blend of three saisons all featuring pilsner, wheat, Vienna, and buckwheat malts. Additions of Oregon-grown Meridian hops are layered throughout and citrus zest from lemons, oranges, and grapefruits were steeped in the whirlpool. All three saisons were originally fermented in stainless and one of them was acidified with lactobacillus. Once combined in the Foeder, the beer was inoculated with our blend of Brettanomyces and left to age for 10 months.” The beers are available in 500ml refillable bottles.
The Portland Trail Blazers NBA team is hosting its Rip City Ale Fest prior to its game against New Orleans Friday night: “Join the Trail Blazers for a pre-game tasting event. Rip City Ale Fest will showcase local microbrews. Your ticket includes a Rip City Ale Fest tasting mug and 10 tasting tickets. You must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets.” It takes place from 5 to 7:30pm at the Moda Center.
Come by the taproom 1/18 – 1/20 to help us celebrate our third birthday. We’ll have cupcakes baked with your favorite ColdFire brews (yes, really!) by Polly’s Cakes and Pastries. Plus, partygoers will be privy to freshly tapped barrel-aged beers, beer specials, loads of live music, and delicious food from SlyDog’s, Twisted Tako, and Sammitch (Sunday). Already have plans? Cancel them! Our birthday only comes around once a year…” Congrats on three years!
Saturday, Jan. 19
The 6th annual High Gravity Brewfest takes place at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend on Saturday from 1 to 8pm! “Hefty, powerful, bold. BIG. However you describe high-gravity beers, these extraordinary brews are intensely flavorful – and we’ll be sampling plenty of them, plus unique ciders from Pacific NW breweries and cideries. And you’ll definitely want to try a brand-new collaboration series of featured beers by McMenamins Old St. Francis brewers & friends. Linger by the outdoor fire, listen to live music and taste the night away!” Additional details and the beer list are posted here.
Mazama Brewing (Corvallis) is hosting its annual Dark Days Winter Ale Fest on Saturday from 2 to 10pm at the brewery: “Warm up at Mazama for our 6th annual Dark Days Winter Ale Fest with unique barrel aged and winter beers, ciders, and meads from local craft producers. Drinks will be flowing in the Mazama brewery, taproom, and heated outdoor tent. Take advantage of the free shuttle that will pick up every half hour downtown and on campus. Food will be available for purchase from a local food vendor. The event is open to anyone 21 + over only.” Cost is $30 and you can buy tickets online here.
My latest article in The Bulletin is out today: Feeling Gravity Brewfest’s pull. I dig into this year’s fest a bit, highlighting a couple of the collaboration beers that will be premiering this Saturday.
[Mike] White brews at Wild Ride Brewing Co. in Redmond, and teamed up with current Old St. Francis School brewer Vance Wirtz to collaborate on a Belgian Blonde Ale for the festival, named McWild. “We wanted to go with a style not always seen at beer fests,” said White. “We went with traditional style malts even with some grain/biscuit feel in a golden rod hue. We also added spicy and herbal hops to complement the body and the yeast.” Unlike American blonde ales, the Belgian style is strong and dry, typically in the range of 7 to 8 percent alcohol by volume. McWild is listed at 8.13 percent.
The beer brewed with Fort George is a hazy New England-style IPA named Fort Francis.
“The Fort Francis Hazy was brewed with co-owner/brewer Jack Harris,” [brewer Vance] Wirtz wrote via email. “Jack used to brew for the company back in the day, so it was a cool little trip down memory lane. The beer was brewed with Azacca, Mosaic, and Ekuanot (hops) with a 5-pound-per-barrel dry hop of the trio. Didn’t come in as boozy as Jack wanted, but I think it will go over well with the people attending the fest.”
Here is the news in Oregon beer for this Thursday, January 17. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back in from time to time for the latest updates. And if you have news show share please feel free to contact me to let me know!
Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland) is hosting its 2nd Annual Battle of the Brigades to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association tonight starting at 5:30pm: “What are two things Portland loves most? Beer and their firefighters, thats what! Five of our firefighting home-brewers from 5 departments across the metro area have been working on brewing their best versions of an “Red Ale”. Come out and support your local stations and vote for your favorite. Brewers are from Portland, Hillsboro, Clackamas, Vancouver and Tualatin Valley. Come in on Thursday Jan 17th starting at 5:30pm and purchase a flight of all 5 beers to try for $10 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Muscular Dystrophy Association. Each flight will come with a score card and you, Portland, will get to decide the winner. Hillsboro Fire’s own Firefighter Sam Scott will be defending the title form our first annual contest! Not only will the winner receive bragging rights, but a trophy to keep at his or her station and the winning beer will be the recipe for the 2019 Fire Chief Ale!” This sounds like a lot of fun and benefits a great cause—don’t miss out!
Eugene’s Beergarden kicks off its 4th Annual Brews, Blues, and Chowder Fest today, which runs through Sunday the 20th. “The trifecta of specialty menu items from our five food carts, free, live music and a killer tap list to pair make beergarden events one of a kind. Brews, Blues, and Chowder Fest 2019 is no exception. Each of our carts are curating an epic chowder list. We will host blues music from the best talent in our area. And 100% Oregon Coast breweries and cider makers on tap, to round out this epic Coast themed event.” Chowder and beer and live music all weekend long!
Portland Cider is releasing its seasonal Grape Gatsby Concord Grape Cider and hosting the release party today starting at 5pm: “It’s a Grape Gatsby of a New Year at Portland Cider!! Join us to celebrate the official tapping of our latest seasonal Concord Grape! With celebrations at both pubs, we’ll have 2 cider cocktails plus 22oz bottles to go! Our cocktails will have a roaring 20’s theme and if you show up in your dapper & flapper duds, get a special discount on your pint or bottle! Official Release Party is happening at both Portland Cider Co. pubs: Hawthorne Portland Cider House & Clackamas. Concord Grape is our semi-sweet jewel of the Winter, made of 100% NW grown apples and concord grapes. Slightly tart, delightfully juicy & bursting with memories.”
Worthy Brewing (Bend) has a pastry, er, beer in the works: “Ocean Roll beer. Is. Happening. We mashed some @sparrowbakery Ocean Rolls this morning to create a beautiful pastry beer concoction as a special treat for Worthy Brewing’s 6th anniversary next month. The team got in the zone by listening to waves, which have been added to recreate the vibe, and to set the mood for creating a beer with a ‘good bake’.” The Ocean Rolls in question are basically cinnamon rolls, only made with cardamom instead of cinnamon.
According to Jay Brooks, today is something called “Prohibition Remembrance Day” which is the day in 1919 that the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, which caused national prohibition to go into effect starting in 1920. Raise a beer today in defiance of Prohibition! And here’s the Oregon beer news for this 16th of January; as usual I’ll be updating this post throughout the day so check back often for the latest.
The Hawthorne Hophouse in Portland is currently running its annual IPA Challenge all month long, featuring 12 Oregon IPAs available for a blind taste test and vote. If you correctly identify the IPAs, you can win prizes, and the overall voting determines which IPA is the favorite and will be on tap at HH all year long. You have through the end of the month to get in there and take the challenge.
Also, Hawthorne Hophouse is under new ownership, and has been for the past couple of month. More on that story forthcoming.
Saraveza (Portland) welcomes Matchless Brewing for a tasting and beer tapping tonight from 6 to 9pm: “Grant Bolt of Matchless Brewing is coming down from Tumwater, WA on Wednesday, January 16th from 6-9 to hang out with us! AND as a special treat we’ll have Rob Horn and one of his beers from Triceratops Brewing, also from Tumwater, coming down to help kick off their Brut IPA collab release with Matchless. We’d love if you came and hung out too!”
The Tap & Growler in Eugene is welcoming Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project tonight for a Flight & Bite event starting at 5pm: “Heads up! We will have Crux Fermentation project in the House Jan. 16th from 5pm-8pm. 2 Flights of 4 ( 8 total including 4 exclusive pub only beers ) paired with their own unique food item. Battle Star IPA, Brut Amber, Denali IPA, SB Hefe, Crystal Juice, Play Wave Pale, Nitro Stout, Brut IPA”
McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub (Portland) has its monthly limited-edition beer tasting today from 5 to 8pm, with brewer Dan Black on hand to pour London Avenue ESB: “This classic English-style Extra Special Bitter was made with traditional ingredients including a special London ESB Yeast from Wyeast. A light brown hue gives way to a malty ale that’s balanced with a fair amount of US Golding Hops. The hops provide notes of spice and pine while a white lacy head helps to track your gulps. Enjoy this throwback ale from the old country.”
Portland-based Cascade Brewing has released its 2019 beer calendar, featuring a lineup of eight core releases throughout the year, along with three collaboration brews and seasonal draft-only releases.
Looks like it will be a lively year for the brewery, focusing on these sour and barrel beers. I assume, however, there will also be “regular” beers that will be on draft at The Lodge that aren’t listed here—for instance, The Lodge is currently pouring a new rye pale ale, so I’d guess that still takes on a bit of the brewpub model.
Here is the accompanying press release:
Cascade Brewing has announced its product release lineup for 2019, which features 15 beers on the calendar. The Northwest sour beer pioneer will release eight core products that will see national and international distribution in 500ml bottles and draft; three limited-edition collaboration projects, also in bottles and draft; and four quarterly draft-only cellar releases.
“This will be a very exciting year for Cascade,” stated Tim Larrance, VP of Sales and Marketing for Cascade Brewing. “Our goal with the 2019 calendar is to bring new life to some of Cascade’s most iconic blends as well as to sharpen our creative edge through a series of new projects.”
Highlighting this year’s calendar will be the return of two of the most awarded beers in the brewery’s portfolio: Bourbonic Plague, which won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009; and Vlad the Imp Aler, which won a silver medal at the same event the same year. Both will be available in a 500ml format for the first time.
Cascade will be re-releasing new vintages of Sang Du Chêne and One Way or Another, while introducing four brand new beers. Fans can look forward to Valley Flora, a sour red ale made with Willamette Valley Pinot-Noir grapes; Brunch Line, a mimosa-inspired blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Chardonnay grapes and fresh orange zest; Garden Party, a blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with chardonnay grapes, lemon zest and elderflowers; and Coastal Gose, a blend of sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Oregon Coast sea salt and coriander seed.
Three collaboration releases highlight the West Coast, the East Coast, and even the Danish Coast. Cascade will release collaboration projects with Beachwood Brewing from Long Beach, Calif.; Mikkel Borg Bjergsø from the world-renowned Mikkeller Brewery in Denmark; and Burial Beer Co. of Asheville, N.C.
“It’s been extremely rewarding to work through the creative process with our esteemed colleagues at Beachwood, Mikkeller and Burial,” explained Kevin Martin, Director of Brewery Operations for Cascade Brewing. “We never cease to be inspired by the ways each of our collaborative partners bring their own unique identity to a project and how that character is expressed in the final product.”
Here is the news in Oregon beer for this Tuesday, January 15, rounding up newsworthy bits from around the state. As always I’ll be updating this post periodically throughout the day, so check back occasionally to catch up on the latest news.
Ecliptic Brewing (Portland) is hosting its House That Beer Built benefit fundraiser today, raising money for Habitat for Humanity all day long: “Ecliptic Brewing is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. 10% of the day’s pub sales will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s work in the Portland Metro area. Let’s raise a glass and build a house!” Make sure to stop in for a beer and a meal to help out a great cause.
Portland’s Imperial Bottle Shop welcomes Bend Brewing tonight for an aptly-named Bend Brewing Night starting at 5pm: “Meet Kamden from Bend Brewing Co. and try some of their great brews, including: Razz Tafari Sour Ale with lemongrass and raspberries, Tropic Pines IPA, and Experimental IPA hopped with Experimental hop 06297, Huell Melon, Comet and Hallertau Blanc hops.”
Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days, where $1 from every pint of beer sold at each Deschutes location goes to benefit a local non-profit. In Bend this month, the Pub and the Tasting Room are raising money for Family Kitchen. I don’t have details on what organization the Portland Pub is raising funds for, but it’s a good cause all around, so stop in and help out with a pint or three.
Oregon City Brewing has its Charity Pint Night today starting at 5pm, benefiting Rett Syndrome Research Trust: “The Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) was launched in 2008 with a singular goal: to drive the development of treatments and cures for Rett Syndrome and related MECP2 disorders.” $1 from every pint sold will benefit RSRT.